Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Public Phone

Made in Qatar

Leena Al-musalmani, Ethar Hassaan / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2013 / 4 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic, English, Urdu / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Qatar Premiere


Few public spaces are as intimate as the inside of a telephone booth, that glass-and-metal box where we pour out our longings and fears. In ‘Public Phone’, four people from very different backgrounds make calls to their loved ones, who are in all corners of the globe. While the subjects of their calls are different, the paths of their conversations are parallel, so that we see and feel that despite their outward difference, they are all united in the human struggles they face.

About the Directors

Leena Al-Musalmani is a filmmaker based in Qatar.

Ethar Ahmed Hassaan was born in Cairo in 1991. A recent graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar, she is a writer and director who currently works as a multimedia designer at ThePlanet. Alongside her work in community theatre with ‘The BuSSy Project’, Hassaan has written and directed a few short films, both narrative and documentary, and is currently working on ‘Ballet’, a short film about Cairo.


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